SNAP Productions’ “Lazarus Syndrome” Explores Life After Tragedy


May 30th, 2018

Omaha, NE—Lazarus Syndrome often refers to the phenomenon in which a patient’s pulse miraculously returns after death. In another time, however, the term could apply to those who survived in spite of a death sentence from AIDS. SNAP Productions upcoming performance of Lazarus Syndrome, written by Bruce Ward and directed by M. Michele Philips, explores the dilemma that an apparent blessing can cause.

Living with AIDS for most his adult life, the main character, Elliot Liteman is one of those survivors, feeling alone and cursed by his situation.

Lazarus might be a figure in the New Testament, the man who Jesus brought back from the dead, but the play highlights Jewish family, tradition, and most importantly, Jewish humor in spite of tragedy.

It might have been difficult for a cast of gentiles to take on the role of a Jewish family, speaking glibly about traditional Jewish food and singing Yiddish folk songs, but what was even more important to get right is the line between tragedy and comedy.

SNAP Productions’ Lazarus Syndrome, by Bruce Ward, directed by M. Michele Philips, opens Friday, June 1st at 8:00pm with showings Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. SNAP Productions is located at 3225 California Street. For more information or tickets, visit

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